Narrator: Kelley Hazen
on 27 June 2017
Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
Source: Author, Submitted
Emily Walters is a sharp, inquisitive fourteen-year-old north Florida girl who loves maps, her rusty old bike, and the forest behind her house. Sometimes her dreams tell her the future and sometimes her waking hours bring wise birds and other spirits into her life. In these three short stories, join Emily in her adventures and mysteries.
When her family vacations in the mountains in “High Country Painter,” a wise Pine Siskin tells her she must quickly learn how to paint dreams into reality to prevent an afternoon hike from becoming a tragedy. In “Map Maker,” she'll need her skills-and the help of a Chuck-will's-widow-to a fight a developer's plans for from bulldozing the sacred forest behind her house and replacing it with a subdivision. In “Sweetbay Magnolia,” she'll learn the secrets of her grandmother's favorite tree, the crumbling almost-forever house down on the river, and why some ghosts would rather visit than haunt.
©2013 Malcolm R. Campbell (P)2013 Malcolm R. Campbell
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Emily is an active smart fourteen-year-old with unique gifts. She can speak with animals and learn from them, visit with ghosts who simply want to sit and chat for a while, sometimes she can paint pictures that become real and sometimes, her dreams reveal her future. A map-maker and savior of the ancient forest, Emily shares three stories of her adventures during one summer.
Malcolm Campbell creates a collection of adventures and shares them in a simple yet authentic manner. He uses dialog and vivid descriptions playing on the memories we all have of our youthful summers. While the stories are short and sweet, they are packed with memories and childhood escapades. Each character is well developed and connected to the area sharing similar beliefs that Emily and her father share. Malcolm Campbell is a masterful story teller.
Kelley Hazen performs the narration in a solid voice that is exhilaratingly fresh and young and old sounding as appropriate. Her accent is accurate and captures the essence of each character perfectly. I found her voice mesmerizing and comforting at the same time.
My only complaint about this audiobook is that it is too short! I would love to hear more of Emily and her family but in longer pieces. But this is an excellent book for young adults and others who just want to reminisce.
There were no issues with the quality or audio production of this book.